Cradle Will Rock


Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
  2. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake.
  3. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    The movie's best moments belong to Bill Murray,
  4. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Rock actually rocks out as one of the year's most purely entertaining movies (just keep thinking: Bill Murray as a ventriloquist).
  5. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    Entertaining and educational.
  6. Commands respect as mainstream filmmaking with more of an agenda than just pimping cinematic junk food to the brain-dead masses.
  7. Some may find the movie too crowded and preachy to serve as a meaningful history lesson, but it will delight anyone who thinks our cynical age could benefit from recalling the vigorous idealism and venturesome artistry of a bygone era.
  8. It's packed with such passion, humor, fine acting in small roles - there are no big ones - and vitality in the storytelling that the lesson comes across entertainingly.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Brings the '30s vividly to the screen.
  10. 75
    It needs a study guide, and viewing "Citizen Kane" might be a good place to start.
  11. Robbins the agitprop celebrity may be blowin' in the wind, but Robbins, the son of a folksinger, knows how to get audiences clapping along.
  12. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    An ensemble cast brimming with great theater actors and movie stars tears into a collection of meaty, moving, funny roles, with largely vibrant results.
  13. Its nervy decision to cut as wide a swath as possible through one of the most exciting and meaningful periods of our history have created something that's impossible not to both applaud and enjoy.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Succeeds far more often than not in delivering a credible, kaleidoscopic portrait of creative, and often famous, individuals.
  15. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    A frustrating, pedantic, cacophonous jumble of a picture, peopled with as many straw men and caricatures as living, breathing humans.
  16. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Cradle Will Rock is the masterpiece that wasn't, a magnificent opportunity blown to hell.
  17. Wildly ambitious, unwieldy epic.
  18. A missed opportunity to shed light on one of America's most turbulent times.
  19. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Edvin Beitiks
    A fun movie, with moments guaranteed to bring you close to tears. But, like most of Robbins' work, it's a cartoon, an emotional cartoon.
  20. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    An ambitious effort that fails as satire and as history, although it probably succeeds as a cautionary tale.

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